March 29, 2020

March 292020

Dear Carrillo Families,

I want to begin by sending my deepest gratitude to all of the teachers and staff members who took part in the “Caravan of Encouragement” last Friday. This event was organized by the teachers entirely, and Mrs. Keeton and I are so thankful they did so. Special thanks to Mrs. Orlando, Mrs. Calise, Mrs. Gidner, and Mrs. Martinez for rallying the teachers and Blair Mettee and Jen Smith for leading the way!

Breakfast and Lunch Distribution Change

The Child Nutrition Services Department will be consolidating their food distribution to only the following schools starting Monday, March 30th: San Elijo Middle School, San Marcos High School, Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary, La Mirada Academy, San Marcos Elementary, San Marcos Middle School, Mission Hills High School, and Richland Elementary. Please note, Carrillo is no longer serving food. However, please come to one of the other sites Monday-Friday between 11-1 for breakfast and lunch for anyone child 18 and under.

Distance Learning: Optional Practice Resources Week 2

A week two daily lesson planner and list of activities should be posted on the District website at the beginning of next week. As a reminder, these activities offer daily learning opportunities for your student(s) to practice skills learned in the core academic areas. Here is the link:

You can also continue to access Mrs. McCoy’s padlet for read-alouds and reading resources, the SMUSD Library At Home, Ms. Beninger’s list of optional PE activities and Mrs. Odenwalder’s website for music activities:  Music Website.

Distance Learning: After Spring Break

In the event that we will not be returning to school after Spring Break, the teachers are preparing to launch a Distance Learning model via Google Classroom. Many of the teachers will begin setting up their virtual classrooms this week as the primary delivery model for instruction. Beginning after Spring Break, the intention of the lessons and instruction will no longer be to only practice skills already learned but to continue through the scope and sequence of the remaining grade-level curriculum. The goal being to cover the remainder of the essential standards of the grade level and for students to be prepared to enter the new grade next year. Although our ideal state would be to welcome children back to school, I have the utmost confidence in the collective expertise and the culture of collaboration amongst our teachers. I have no doubt that, together, we will work effectively to create an instructional approach focused on meeting our students’ needs.

**The most important thing I need from you, the parents and guardians, this week is to ensure that your child is set up for digital learning in your home and communicate to me what you need. Internet access and a personal computer/Chromebook (preferable one with a keyboard, microphone, and camera) will be the most essential. It would be helpful for each of your school-aged children to have their own devices for schoolwork. Most of you completed the survey last week, which allowed me to identify and distribute Chromebooks to those who indicated they needed one. If you are still in need of a device or internet access (despite what you marked on the survey initially) please send me an email ASAP. I still have Chromebooks that I can distribute this week and will coordinate a time for you to pick one up.  

Remind Links:


Kindergarten and TK:







Thank you,


Gary Pope, Principal

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